This new work offers a clear and thorough account of the threats posed by bioterrorism from the perspective of biologists. The authors examine thirteen disease-causing agents, including those responsible for anthrax, the plague, smallpox, influenza, and SARS. Each chapter considers a particular pathogen from the standpoint of its history, molecular biology, pathology, clinical presentation, diagnosis, weaponization, and defenses. The book also examines strategies for making vaccines and protecting the population in a bioterror attack.
Geoffrey Zubay is professor of biology at Columbia University. He has published more than 150 research papers and several books, including Biochemistry; Genetics; and Origins of Life on the Earth and in the Cosmos.
Preface List of Contributors1. Terrorism and Fear: How to Cope Geoffrey Zubay2. Viral Encephalitis (Flaviviruses Salwa Touma3.Votulism (Clostridium botulinum) Rian Balfour4. Tularemia (Francisella tularensis) James Hudspeth5. Ebola Viruses Rohit Puskoor and Geoffrey Zubay6. Influenza Virus Rian Balfour7. Hantavirus Payal Shah8. Anthrax (Bacillus anthracis) Anuj Mehta9. Sever Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) Joseph Patrick Ward and Maria E. Garrido10. Plague (Yersinia pestis) Barbara Chubak11. Smallpox (Variola Virus) Rohit Puskoor and Geoffrey Zubay12. Cholera (Vibrio cholerae) Rohit Puskoor13. Salmonella Kira Morser, Rohit Puskoor and Geoffrey ZubayAppendix 1. Drug Discovery and Biodefense William Edstrom and Geoffrey ZubayAppendix 2. The Search for Vaccines William EdstromAppendix 3. Personal Biodefenses Geoffrey ZubayAppendix 4. Information Resources on Bioterrorism Kathleen KehoeGlossary Index